Originally Posted by tifosi
Although mostly a moot point as dive watches have been replaced by dive computers for the most part.
Agreed. I was simply sharing the thoughts of someone that actually was a professional diver, and who chose a Sub as his companion for his work. Yes, today dive computers are relied upon by divers, so true diving watches are maybe more entertainment and some brand history, rather than a necessity (other than if someone wants some old fashioned back up device).
Originally Posted by Keith T
This is the only recent IWC dive watch offering that I kind of liked....the 2008 LE "vintage" version. Never did see one IRL.
Of course you could get a very similar compressor-styled Longines for far less.
Interesting, but as you pointed out Longines has a version. Although, when I see compressor style watches my first thought is always JLC.
Originally Posted by Kaplan
I much prefer the old design and think it deserved a longer production run. Just like the Inge 3227, Pilot Mk XV, BP 5002, Pilot chrono & double chrono 3706 & 3713, to me, the Aquatimer 3536 looked much better than what has come after. Same for the Portuguese line after they replaced the cursive script on the dial.
If nothing else, their philanthropic strategy of putting out easily resistable products is greatly successful.
Originally Posted by Maturestyle
I own several vintage watches. This is one of my favorites. 1972 Rolex Datejust.
A classic. Thanks for sharing a photo with us.
Originally Posted by TC (Houston)
As mentioned earlier, I'm the type that would take it off before going to the gym, swimming, sports, etc. I just cringe at thought of my pieces being unnecessarily banged up.
I have to admit that my first GMT and Daytona were everyday wearers that I used for everything even contact sports or rugged activities. Both survived everything I put them through, and both were traded for more than I paid for them.
Originally Posted by in stitches
great info, dino. it really is odd now that you point it out that a diving watch would be made without crown shoulders.
i wonder if its more about many luxury "sports" watches really being more sports themed than actual practical utilitarian sports watches for rugged use.
Yes, until that professional diver pointed out the Aquatimer's lack of shoulders I never really considered how important they were on a dive watch.
I agree, today most sports watches, are sports themed watches that can be used for their particular sport, but are truly made for keeping up brand tradition/history. The bulk of my Sub's wear and tear is at the office, not in the ocean.
Originally Posted by Newcomer
Interesting, that is a REALLY good point. I do tend to like dive watches without shoulders, impractical as they may be. But I also have never been diving, so YMMV.
I could see that being a big sticking point though.
For the average recreational use, the shoulders on a diving watch probably don't make much difference. Whether I like a watch with shoulders or not, really depends on the watch. Some watches look great without them, like the old vintage manual wind Daytonas...yet today we are used to modern ones having them.